One Sabbath, as Jesus was going through the wheat fields, his disciples were picking the heads of wheat, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the Sabbath law?” Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read what David and his companions did when they were hungry? He broke the Law by going into God’s house and eating the bread of the presence, which only the priests can eat. He also gave some of the bread to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Human One is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Luke 6:1-5, CEB)
What are the laws for?
- To convict us of our sins.
- Good civil order.
None of us can keep the laws. Not the 613 Levitical Laws or the 10 commandments. It is impossible. These only help to show us how we are separated from God. So then why should we keep them? For good civil order. We can not go around just randomly stealing things from people or killing others, that would be anarchy.
But Jesus says that we need to care for and love people. Allowing the disciples to work the grain in their hands allowed them to eat, which is more important than not working on the sabbath.
We need to remember the greatest commandments and live by those, rather than be keepers of all the rules.
Loving People. Loving God.